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Ranveig Rotterud

Board Chair

My contribution to CPE:

For more than 25 years I have been striving to disclose the mechanisms of development and reduce the burden of cancer on patients and survivors, their carers, the health care systems, and the society as a whole, totally embracing CPE vision. I will continue in any way possible to do so as member of the Board and as chair of CPE. I will particularly represent and empower the voices of cancer patients and survivors around our guiding principles of transparency, equity (i.e., cancer types, socio-economic groups, geography etc.) partnership, and collaboration. With the Board I will lead CPE, towards co-creating policies that drive prevention, high-quality cancer care, treatment, and survivorship in Europe.

Who I am:

I am a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed in October 2010, had surgery and chemotherapy. I have recovered completely. My strength is to combine the experience of having been a cancer patient with the scientific knowledge as a professional health worker. This is my added value to both Bladder Cancer Norway and now CPE.

And Professionally:

I am an authorized medical technician (1984) from Norway, graduated at Cand. Scient. level as cell biologist (1996), and I hold a PhD on prognostic factors in bladder cancer from 2005. I am the co-founder of the Norwegian Bladder Cancer Society. Currently I am the CEO of Bladder Cancer Norway.

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Conchi Biurrun

Board Secretary

My contribution to CPE:

I represent the Federación Española de Cáncer de Mama, FECMA, the Spanish Federation of breast cancer associations. I will contribute to the governance, decision making and management of CPE together with the other Board Members. As Secretary of the Board, I will also be the liaison person between the Board and the Staff, supporting the Staff in any way possible.

Who I am:

I am a breast cancer survivor – I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of 2009. In 2010 I had a mastectomy and chemotherapy, and I also started a hormonal treatment for five years. I was reconstructed in 2011. In 2016 I started advocacy activities for cancer patients with FECMA and since March 2016 I am treasurer of FECMA.

And Professionally:

I retired early at 61, I was an international trade advisor at the Navarra Chamber of Commerce and Industry. I got a master’s degree in Marketing and Foreign Trade and, other than Spanish, I speak English, French and Italian.

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James Caldwell

Board Treasurer

My contribution to CPE:

My role as a Board member is to contribute to the management of CPE and to support my fellow board members and the secretariat in striving to improve the lives of cancer patients and their caregivers throughout Europe. As Treasurer, I will have responsibility for the finance function and ensuring adequate financial controls are in place to safeguard the assets of the organsation.

Who I am:

I am a rare cancer patient – I was diagnosed with cancer of the appendix in 2014 (Audrey Hepburn died of the same disease). Since then, I have been disease free but have post-treatment complications. I am a trustee and treasurer of an umbrella rare disease charity in Northern Ireland – my specific interests are rare cancers (I will shortly step down from this position as I have served the maximum two terms allowed).

And Professionally:

I am a Chartered Accountant in public practice.  I also co-own a care home for frail elderly people and those with dementia.  I am also a Registered Nurse.